Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Mark Vigen and licensed counselor Shelley Visconte host the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and The Gables at Spring Lake, Gamble Guest Care’s assisted living community. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

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Airs Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 6 p.m. Amid the coronavirus pandemic and stay at home orders, alcohol sales surged. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. as host Dr. Shelley Visconte is joined by Dr. Nicholas Goeders, Professor and Head of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience at LSU Health, and Kent Dean, Director of CADA School of Addiction and Behavioral Health, to talk about how the pandemic has affected alcohol and substance abuse addictions. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, June 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Our host, Dr. Shelley Visconte, will be joined by Angela Pellerin, L.P.C., and Director of Counseling Services, LSUS Student Development; and Dr. Paula Atkins, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Development and Dean of Students at LSUS, to talk about mental health issues during the current pandemic and some of the challenges faced by college students. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 6 p.m. Information about COVID-19 in the news and on social media can be confusing. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by Dr. Andrew Yurochko, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Dr. Jeremy Kamil, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, both with LSU Health Shreveport, to help us separate fact from fiction and also tell us if the virus is showing mutations. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 6 p.m. In our current time of a global pandemic and civil unrest, people are likely to be feeling more stress and anxiety. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Our host Dr. Shelley Visconte will be joined by Clint Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Natashia Fields, Licensed Professional Counselor, both with Clint Davis Counseling and Integrative Wellness, to talk about mental health during this time. Questions and comments will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 6 p.m. Our host Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by Dr. Keith Scott, Professor of Pediatrics, Surgery & Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport, and Dr. Jennifer Singh, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and is Board Certified in Lifestyle as Medicine. Dr. Scott will let us know the latest on clinical trials for treatment of COVID-19 at LSUHS, and Dr. Singh will inform us about the mobile testing unit that is testing for coronavirus in some of our most at risk communities.

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Airs Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 6 p.m. Tune in for a special Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. John M. Barry, Tulane University professor, historian, and award-winning author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History,” will join host Dr. Randall Brewer to talk about the flu pandemic of 1918 and the current coronavirus pandemic. Barry’s writings have led him to be involved in public policy, and he has appeared as a guest on shows such as NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's World News, and NPR's All Things Considered.

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Airs Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 6 p.m. Airs Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 6 p.m. Dr. Shelley Visconte will host a discussion on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting mental health with guests Dr. Jennifer Russell and Ashley Rice PLPC with Goebel, Vigen and Associates. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Testing, Research, & Whether or Not Louisiana is Ready to Open Up

Airs Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 6 p.m. Hosted by Dr. Randall Brewer, this Health Matters continues with the latest information and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting our area. LSU Health Shreveport has been one of the medical centers on the forefront of tackling this disease through testing and research, and Dr. G.E. Ghali, Chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, talks about these efforts and his thoughts on opening up our state and city.

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COVID-19 Updates, Testing and Research, and Veteran Mental Health and Cancer Care During Coronavirus Pandemic

Airs Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 6 p.m.  Our host Dr. Randall Brewer discusses COVID-19 and testing and research with Dr. Chris Kevil, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport, and Dr. Andrew Yurochko, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at LSU Health Shreveport. Dr. Shawn McNeil, psychiatrist with Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, informs us on veterans’ mental health and how our local VA is providing access to mental health care during the pandemic. Dr. Sanford Katz, radiologist oncologist with Willis-Knighton Health System, talks about cancer patient care during this time.

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Telehealth, Access to Healthcare and Mental Health During Coronavirus Pandemic
Airs Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 6 p.m.
Dr. Randall Brewer hosts this Health Matters as we continue our coverage of the novel coronavirus by talking about two important related health topics: access to healthcare during social distancing and the effects of the virus on mental health. Our guest will be Dr. James C. Patterson II, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Christus Schumpert Endowed Chair of Neurobiology, Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience at LSU Health Shreveport.

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